Breviary (?) – FragmentParchment · 2 leaves (+ 6 cuttings) · 1301 – 1400 CE · Fragm. I - c. 335 x 220 mm, including turn-ins at top and bottom. Fragm. II - c. 335 x 185 mm, including turn-ins at top and bottom.
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Inc. c. I4.1487.1, Covers to upper and lower boards
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Ruth Mullett and Nigel F. Palmer, 2017
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Fragm. I: A parchment leaf, which covers the upper board at the front of the book (c. 335 x 220 mm, including turn-ins at top and bottom) and displays no more than a shadow of what was evidently a two-column Latin text in black ink (written area c. 230 x 134 mm). Feint traces of three initials in the left-hand column (probably a four-line P, five-line D, and one-line U) as well as red underlining provide evidence for the page layout, and there are traces of a five-line red initial A at the head of the page and a five-line D in the middle of the page, both positioned to the right of the left column and likely to be bleed-through from the reverse of the leaf. The collection of hyperspectral data has allowed a rubric containing Ps 81,8 to be read, suggesting that the fragment might be from a breviary. Fragm. II: A second parchment leaf, most likely deriving from the same manuscript as Fragm. I and covering the lower board at the front of the book (c. 335 x 185 mm, including turn-ins at top and bottom), totally illegible except where one tiny scrap of text is visible and three small blocks of offset indicate that the hand is a 14th-century Textualis. The leaf does not seem to have been wide enough to cover the entire lower board, being short of the outer edge by about 10 mm. This likely explains why a parchment strip with Hebrew text (Fragm. IV) was pasted, vertically, over this portion of the board. A paper cutting with printed music is pasted under the inner edge of Fragm. II, of which two small scraps are visible where the parchment is torn.